CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Child Care Workers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Child Care Workers
Summary Job Description Tasks
Attend to children at schools, businesses, private households, and childcare institutions. Perform a variety of tasks, such as dressing, feeding, bathing, and overseeing play. Support children's emotional and social development, encouraging understanding of others and positive self-concepts.
Care for children in institutional setting, such as group homes, nursery schools, private businesses, or schools for the handicapped.
Sanitize toys and play equipment.
Discipline children and recommend or initiate other measures to control behavior, such as caring for own clothing and picking up toys and books.
Identify signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and bring them to parents' or guardians' attention.
Observe and monitor children's play activities.
Keep records on individual children, including daily observations and information about activities, meals served, and medications administered.
Instruct children in health and personal habits, such as eating, resting, and toilet habits.
Read to children and teach them simple painting, drawing, handicrafts, and songs.
Organize and store toys and materials to ensure order in activity areas.
Operate in-house day-care centers within businesses.
Sterilize bottles and prepare formulas.
Dress children and change diapers.
Help children with homework and school work.
Perform housekeeping duties, such as laundry, cleaning, dish washing, and changing of linens.
Accompany children to and from school, on outings, and to medical appointments.
Place or hoist children into baths or pools.
Maintain a safe play environment.
Communicate with children's parents or guardians about daily activities, behaviors, and related issues.
Assist in preparing food and serving meals and refreshments to children.
Create developmentally appropriate lesson plans.
Regulate children's rest periods.
Perform general administrative tasks, such as taking attendance, editing internal paperwork, and making phone calls.
Organize and participate in recreational activities and outings, such as games and field trips.
Provide care for mentally disturbed, delinquent, or handicapped children.
Perform general personnel functions, such as supervision, training, and scheduling.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Child Care Workers
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Child Care Workers
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Child Care Workers
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Child Care Workers
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Educational software Computer based training software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
Scheduling software Calendar and scheduling software
Web browser software Internet browser software
Baby bottles Feeding bottles or accessories
Child car safety seats Car seats
Climbing structures Balance or gross motor equipment
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Dryers Domestic tumble dryers
Educational toys Cognitive toys
Emergency first aid kits Emergency medical services first aid kits
Fire extingushers Fire extinguishers
Kitchen stoves Domestic ranges
Laptop computers Notebook computers
Medicine dosing syringes Oral liquid medication syringes
Microwave ovens Domestic microwave ovens
Passenger cars Automobiles or cars
Personal computers Personal computers
Photocopying equipment Photocopiers
Strollers Carriages or perambulators or strollers
Toy block sets Building blocks
Vacuum cleaners Vacuum cleaners
Washing machines Domestic clothes washers
Water tables Sand or water tables or activity centers
Wet mops Wet mops
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Child Care Workers
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
Related Work Experience None
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Child Care Workers
Alternate Job Title(s)
Afterschool Counselor
Au Pair
Baby Attendant
Baby Sitter
Before and After School Daycare Worker
Boarding Mother
Bus Escort
Bus Matron
Child Attendant
Child Care Aide
Child Care Assistant
Child Care Attendant
Child Care Development Specialist
Child Care Provider
Child Care Sitter
Child Care Supervisor
Child Care Teacher
Child Care Worker
Child Caregiver
Child Daycare Worker
Child Life Specialist
Child Monitor
Child's Nurse
Childcare Aide
Childcare Assistant
Childcare Attendant
Childcare Provider
Childcare Specialist
Childcare Worker
Children's Aide
Children's Attendant
Children's Institution Attendant
Children's Lunchroom Supervisor
Classroom Monitor
Day Care Aide
Day Care Assistant
Day Care Attendant
Day Care Home Mother
Day Care Home Provider
Day Care Supervisor
Day Care Worker
Daycare Aide
Daycare Assistant
Daycare Provider
Daycare Teacher
Family Day Care Provider
Hall Monitor
Home Child Care Provider
Infant Childcare Provider
Infant Teacher
Infant and Toddler Teacher
Instructional Aide
Lunchroom Aide
Lunchroom Attendant
Lunchroom Monitor
Lunchroom Mother
Mother Helper
Mother's Helper
Nursery Attendant
Nursery Day Care Worker
Nursery Helper
Nursery School Attendant
Nursery Supervisor
Parent Aide
Playground Aide
Playground Attendant
Playground Monitor
Playground Supervisor
Playroom Attendant
Pre-Kindergarten Teacher (Pre-K Teacher)
Preschool Aide
Preschool Assistant
Preschool Teacher
School Bus Aide
School Bus Attendant
School Bus Monitor
School Childcare Attendant
Teacher Assistant
Toddler Teacher
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Child Care Workers
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